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Smile and say Chowda! 30th Anniversary Chowderfest Weekend Insider Guide to A Good Time
Celebrate three decades of this premiere food festival and learn why Long Beach Island the "Chowder Capital" of the New Jersey. Chowder connoisseurs everywhere will be put to the test to choose from the nineteen competitors at the Cook off Classic
Saturday, September 29 from 10am to 5pm FREE EVENT
The legendary anniversary weekend kicks off on Saturday, Sept. 29 with a free Merchant Marketplace. Dozens of chamber members will be offering end-of-season bargains, local specialties and gourmet food. Live music from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. featuring a popular line up of local bands. Free children's entertainment will include hands on crafts from The Learning Experience with kid friendly activities. Home Depot will be presenting a free Kids workshop. Face Painting by Sprinkles the Clown & Sarah Cannovo, Drip Paint Coaster Art presented by the Lotus Project, and Crunchie the Trex Dinosaur sightings will occur from 12-1pm & 2-3pm. The chamber has provided an anniversary play area for older teens and adults that will include Cornhole and Jenga. For the adults, a select variety beers on tap and hard ciders For the adults, a select variety beers on tap and hard ciders are available, including Bud Light, Landshark Lager, Blue Point Toasted Lager, Spaten Oktoberfest, Goose Island IPA, Stella Cidre, Strongbow and McKenzie Black Cherry. First ever wine by the glass and spritzers will be provided by Barefoot Wines. The musical line up for Saturday begins with Garage Kept, 40 North and closing with the Jimmy Brogan Band performing.
Sunday, September 30 – Ticket Event Vip entry 10am General Admission 11am
The 30th Chowder Cook-Off Classic is happening Sunday, September 30 at 11 a.m. as favorite restaurants face off for the tastiest chowder. All ticket holders can sample and place votes for the best red, white and creative chowders, with VIPs getting early access to the chowder tents to taste and view competitors' decorative booths at 10 a.m. New England or White chowder competitors Country Kettle, Chicken or the Egg, Howard's, Tucker's Tavern, Wally's and Polly's Dock. Manhattan or Red competitors include Lefty's Tavern, Buckalew's, Stefano's, Ocean County College Hospitality Program, Bistro 14 and Black Whale. Creative Category which is seafood inspired offerings include: Delaware Ave Oyster House, La Bamba, Sunny Rae's , The Woo Hoo, Blue Water Café, Cuisine on the Green and the first international competitor Nancy's Barn of Ballyliffen Ireland. VIPs also receive access to Bud Lite Big Screen Bar with dedicated food and beverage service. Children's activities featuring Face Painting from Sprinkles the Clown & Sarah Cannovo. Drip Paint Coaster Art by the Lotus Project will also be available throughout out the day. Crunchy the T Rex Dino sightings from 12-1pm and 2-3pm crowd pleasing live music featuring Ted Hammock and Jason Booth, The Pickles and The Impulsives. Winners will be announced at closing ceremonies, which are scheduled for 4 p.m.
Tickets for Sunday's Cook off and free Sunday Shuttle information
Sunday's Cook off Classic is a ticketed event. Tickets can be purchased at chowderfest.com or by contacting the Southern Ocean County Chamber at 609-494-7211, 265 W 9th St Ship Bottom or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Toddlers under the age of three get free admission. Tickets for the Cook-Off cost: Children to age 4 to 12 – $10, General Admission – $30, VIP – $65 VIPs get early access to the Chowder Cook-Off Classic and an official 2018 Taster T Shirt. Free parking is available as well as a complimentary shuttle running from 10am to 6pm at these locations 42nd St , 68th Township Municipal Building, and 95th by Acme with a direct run to Taylor Avenue Ballfield
Chowder For A Cause Partnership
Proceeds earned from Chowderfest Weekend have gone to providing decades of financial support to hundreds of local charities and events, as well as scholarships to Pinelands Regional, Southern Regional and Barnegat high schools. In honor of the 30th, last year's restaurants voted for a qualifying non profit to be the Chowder for A Cause Charity to benefit from net proceeds of 2018 event. David's Dream & Believe Cancer Foundation was selected and have been partnering throughout the anniversary year.
Around the Region
Make the most of your weekend Chowderfest Saturday night at September 29 tickets available for 5pm performance as Surflight Theatre presents The Best of Abba -Tribute Band " Dancing Dream" purchase tickets at www.surflight.org . Take the Chowderfest Express Water Ferry, as it is set to debut September 29. Sail across the bay from Tuckerton Seaport during the 36th Annual Decoy & Gunning Show. Two-day event highlighting the culture of the Barnegat Bay region. For those over 21 years find out more about Surf and Sip Brew Trail at www.southernoceanmade.com and for families looking to explore LBI go to www.passporttolbi.org . Looking for lodging and other information go to www.visitLBiregion.com
Thank you to 2018 Sponsors
Presenting Sponsors: Sysco, Barefoot , The Sandpaper/Beachcomber, Bud Light, Ritchie and Page, Westminster Bakers Co. VIP Sponsors: Hackensack Merdian Health Southern Ocean Medical Center, Gate Sponsor DiFeo's Manahawkin Kia, DiFeo's Jeep Chrysler Ram Dodge Voting Tent Sponsor: AtlantiCare, and Supporting Sponsors Atlantic States Group, Panzone's, G Anderson Agency, Fantasy Island Amusement Park, Ocean County Board of Freeholders, Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce and NJ Division of Travel and Tourism.
Updates and real time info
For in person assistance and information, visit Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce 265 West Ninth Street Ship Bottom NJ 609 494 7211 www.visitLBIregion.com , Chowderfest information www.chowderfest.com and like the Official LBI Chowderfest Facebook page.